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Oracle Academy and Croatian Java Users Association celebrate the 25th anniversary of Java

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

Oracle Academy in Croatia contributed to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Java programming language in collaboration with the Croatian Java Users Association (HUJAK).

Java experts delivered an online discussion on May 22, 2020, just a day before the "birthday of Java" and a day after the official Oracle celebration event, "Moved by Java."

Representatives of the academic community on the discussion included:

  • Prof. Dragutin Kermek, PhD, Vice Dean at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics in Varaždin, University of Zagreb
  • Frane Urem, PhD, Vice Dean at the Polytechnic of Šibenik; and
  • Branko Mihaljević, PhD, Research Associate at RIT Croatia, one of the global locations of Rochester Institute of Technology.

They were accompanied by representatives of the IT Industry. Oracle was represented by Ivan Delić, Cloud Domain Sales Consultant from Oracle Croatia, and Ericsson was represented by Milan Ramljak, Senior System I&V Engineer at Ericsson Nikola Tesla. Representatives of the professional associations included Branko Mihaljević, one of the founders and President of HUJAK, who delivered a comprehensive keynote presentation; and Mr. Hrvoje Balen, member of the Board of the Algebra University College and Vice-President of the Croatian HUP-ICT Association, who spoke about the relevance of Java in both the Croatian and global technology industry.

The vibrant discussion about the past, present, and future of Java, moderated by Darko Jureković, Oracle Academy Program Manager in Croatia, lasted longer than planned, which itself speaks about the relevance of Java as a development platform for both academia and the IT industry in Croatia.

Panelists agreed that key takeaways from the discussion were the following:

  • To address the deficit of skilled IT workers, and in particular, Java programmers in Croatia, a coordinated effort from all stakeholders is needed, starting with introducing STEM to children as early as possible in primary school, as was done recently by the curriculum changes in Croatia. This effort should encompass:
    • production of course materials in Croatian language for vocational schools (a legal requirement),
    • introduction of Java into programming competitions at all levels of education, and
    • closer cooperation of both public and private colleges and universities with the IT sector.
  • Last but not least, it must be highlighted to both students and professionals that IT careers require willingness and readiness for lifelong learning and professional development.

The recording (in Croatian) is available for review on HUJAK website.

Oracle Academy provides our members with comprehensive Java curriuculum resources and hands-on labs and projects for educators to use to teach Java programming to students and provide them with hands-on practice.

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